Over the years, and especially since I have been dealing with more picky eaters, I've learned that it's the little things we do that add up to the bigger things/successes in the end.
When families are used to a struggle with eating at mealtimes, they naturally lose the "social" experience of the time together. Many times, parents have tried so many different methods to get their child to eat that I see some pretty extreme things and really, who can blame them? Having a child that won't eat, isn't gaining weight and has terrible behaviors at mealtimes is a scary, scary thing. What I almost never see with my families though is a family mealtime. There isn't one. Everyone is eating separately, while running around the house or while sitting on mom's lap (but mom isn't eating). There isn't a structured time to sit down and enjoy family time.
Often, before we ever begin to address the "food" issue I suggest the following changes for the family:
As always, I welcome your comments. I would love to hear about YOUR family mealtime routines. Stay tuned for more ideas.